While it’s true that there’s no magic bullet when it comes to perfecting skin, one ingredient comes pretty close: retinol.
“Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that also exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and increase collagen production. It is the alcohol form of the derivative and is available in stronger percentages and by prescription,” Dr. Purvisha Patel, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare, tells ELLE.com. The great thing about retinol is the different strengths and versions on offer, which provide different results for a range of skin types.
A favorite among dermatologists, the purpose of retinol is simple. “It’s a time-tested ingredient that delivers what it promises in the concentrations it’s given in; it’s the gold standard for a safe, effective skin care ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” adds Dr. Patel to it. Retinol is known as a potent exfoliant, which “loosens the bonds between the top cell layer and unclogs pores to clear acne, but also makes the skin think it’s injured to stimulate collagen production,” she continued. For those with oily skin, retinol also helps shrink the oil glands to reduce oil production in the skin.
“Retin-A and prescription tretinoin and over-the-counter retinol increase skin cell turnover and boost collagen synthesis,” explains Jennifer Chwalek, MD of Union Square Laser Dermatology. “With consistent use of a topical retinol or Retin-A, you can see improvement in fine lines, dark spots, texture and tone.”
While an OTC retinol (0.5%-2% concentration) isn’t as effective or fast as the prescription strength, it’s less likely to cause irritation, redness, and peeling, so better for anyone with sensitive or drier skin . But proceed with caution. dr. Shereene Idriss recommends adding retinol to your skincare routine slowly and gradually. “I would start with one night a week to see how your skin reacts, before adding a second night a week and so on,” explains Dr. Idriss. “If you find yourself extremely sensitive, apply your moisturizer before your retinol to make it a little less irritating.”
There are also naturally derived retinol alternatives such as rosehip seed oil, chicory root oligosaccharides, and tara gum, but Chwalek cautions that there are no studies to demonstrate efficacy for them. Ready to add retinol to your routine? Here are the latest options for every skin problem and type.
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